DNR still operating, open with COVID-19 rampant

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has adjusted their services during the COVID-19 Pandemic while also continuing to offer outlets for those practicing social distancing.

State parks, state forests, recreation areas, and other public lands remain open. Facilities that do remain open to the public include outdoor areas, campgrounds, camper cabins, yurts, remote campsites, overnight lodging, facilities and some groups centers. Highway rest areas at Grand Portage, Gooseberry Falls, and Tettegouche state parks, along with bathrooms, shower buildings, and vault toilets will remain open.

DNR has closed park offices, visitor centers, nature stores, trail centers, indoor interpretive exhibits and enclosed picnic shelters. Postponed events include all safety education training and firearms safety training, deer open houses, and elk input meeting in northwest Minnesota.

The DNR does urge the public to do business by telephone, email, or online. You can still buy or renew licenses online, make or change camping and lodging reservations lines, call your local DNR office, email or call to request information from the DNR Information Center.

To get the latest information, call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR, or email info.dnr@state.mn.us. Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4:30pm.